Commissioner Marshawn Lynch would legalize weed for players
Retirement — or something — has loosened up Marshawn Lynch.
The longtime NFL running back was known as much for his reluctance to participate in the media process as his physical running style, but now that he’s promoting things he’s opening up.
Lynch talked for 45 minutes with John Kryk of the Toronto Sun, expounding on many topics from his philanthropic efforts in Oakland to the end of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.
But nothing was as eye-opening as when Kryk asked Lynch what his first act would be if he were named Commissioner of the NFL.
“Legalizing dodi in the league. Yup,” Lynch replied, which sent Kryk to the internet to learn that was slang for marijuana.
Asked if he thought that was coming, the unlikely candidate to lead the sport said he thinks it would help.
“I don’t know. It’s a tricky league. I would like to see it,” he said. “Just now, with being retired. The aches and pains that I’d be feeling before, a little do’, man. I get up, go work out, and you know, partake, do my thing and s— — and I’m cool. Maybe it’s because I’m not banging into anybody anymore.”
It could be that, as Lynch banged into every available opponent for 10,739 yards over 11 NFL seasons.
Asked about his punishing running style, Lynch said his approach to running was based on intimidating defenders.
“I am not a workout warrior. I think it’s more of a mental type of situation. A mindset,” he said. “A defensive player’s mindset of an offensive player is he’s a p—-. So if you hit him hard, just one time, then they usually just curl up for the rest of the game. Like, they don’t want to catch the ball, they don’t want to run the ball. They don’t want nothin’ to do with the ball when there’s contact involved. So as a running back, I just adapted the mentality that if you hit a motherf—– hard enough, they don’t want to hit you no more.
“Against any defensive player. It ain’t just cornerbacks who I want to hit. I want to hit defensive linemen, I want to hit linebackers, I want to hit people standing on the sideline — it don’t matter as long as you got on an opposite jersey and I’ve got an opportunity to hit you. I mean, that’s what I want to do.
“If I hit you hard enough, and you’re supposed to be hitting me? The next time you see me coming you’re going to think twice about hitting me. Or you’re going to try a different angle, or you’re going to try to trip me — some s— that I know is not gonna work.”
It’s a fascinating interview, the side of himself he chose not to show many people.
And now, the idea of Commissioner Marshawn will occupy the rest of my day, imagining him leading CBA negotiations and brokering broadcast deals in his own inimitable style, but definitely not getting booed at the Draft.
Commissioner Marshawn Lynch would legalize weed for players Retirement — or something — has loosened up Marshawn Lynch. The longtime NFL running back was known as much for his reluctance to
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Marshawn Lynch spent his entire college football and NFL career going by the nickname Beast Mode. With unmatched power and never ending energy, Lynch ran over defensive linemen, linebackers, safeties, and anyone else in his way. But in retirement, Beast Mode is taking a back seat to chilling, and for that, Lynch credits cannabis.
In a new interview with the Toronto Sun, Lynch said that a daily dose of weed has helped curb lingering aches and pains from years of brutal physical play. Asked what he would change if he was given the reigns to the NFL, Lynch said that his first move would be to end the league’s marijuana ban.
“If you’re named commissioner tomorrow, what’s the first thing you do?” Sun reporter John Kryk asked Lynch. “Legalizing dodi in the league. Yup,” Lynch replied.
For those of you not quite fluent in Oakland, California slang, dodi is weed. And even with current league officials slow to act on promises of cannabis research and policy reform, Lynch says that his own post-retirement experimentation has been a life changer.
“It’s a tricky league. I would like to see [cannabis allowed],” Lynch said. “Just now, with being retired. The aches and pains that I’d be feeling before, a little do’, man. I get up, go work out, and you know, partake, do my thing and shit — and I’m cool.”
Despite similar cannabis advocacy stories from a slew of other retired NFL stars and internal promises to research CBD and THC, league officials have yet to make any significant changes to pro football’s draconian drug policy.
With the help of cannabis, Beast Mode is taking it easy in retirement. Now, he says he wants current players to be able to enjoy those same legal weed freedoms.